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From high-end wine tastings, to book launches for Australia’s most significant political authors - events at the National Press Club always make news.

Our program of speciality events has something for everyone. Enjoy the Club with friends and family, celebrate special occasions or simply enjoy an evening out together as you participate in masterclasses, live music and one-of-a-kind experiences. 

Upcoming Events

Greg Stott Trio

Swinging jazz featuring Mark Sutton on drums and Brendan Clarke on bass.

Happy Hour: 5pm - 6.30pm
Live Music: 6pm - 8.30pm

Date: Friday 18 SeptemberTime: 6pm - 8.30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Meet The Chiefs - Chief of Joint Capabilities

Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, Service and Departmental Chiefs.

Air Marshal Warren McDonald, AO, CSC

The Chief of Joint Capabilities (CJC) is Air Marshal Warren McDonald, AO, CSC.

Air Marshal Warren McDonald was born in Hay, NSW and joined the Royal Australian Air Force at the age of 15 as an apprentice motor transport fitter. In 1989, he was commissioned and underwent pilot training. He has 5000 hours on the Orion.

He has had the privilege of undertaking numerous commands within Number 92 Wing, and on deployment and as the Commander of Air Mobility Group.

Air Marshal McDonald was promoted to Air Vice Marshal in July 2015, and served as the Deputy Chief of Air Force until 01 July 2017 when he was appointed as the Chief of Joint Capabilities within the Australian Defence Force Headquarters. He was promoted to Air Marshal in December 2018.

He is married to his very understanding wife, Sarah and they have two children.

JCG consists of the Australian Defence College, Information Warfare Division Joint Military Police Unit, Joint Health Command, Joint Logistics Command, Women, Peace & Security, Reserve & Youth Division, the Australia Civil Military Centre and ADF Sport.

Air Marshal McDonald will be supported by Rear Admiral Ian Murray, RAN, Commander Joint Logistics;
Major General Marcus Thompson, AM, Head Information Warfare;
Rear Admiral Sarah Sharkey, Commander Joint Health; and
Major General Mick Ryan, AM, Commander Australian Defence College



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Date: Thursday 24 SeptemberTime: Registration starts at 10:30amLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Monica Moore Duo

Monica Moore is a bluesy singer-songwriter & together with John, they are a gutsy blues duo.

Live Music: 6pm - 8.30pm
Happy Hour: 5pm - 6:30pm
Oyster Bar: 5pm - 7pm

Date: Thursday 24 SeptemberTime: 6pm - 8.30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Jess High

Rising star of soul, blues and jazz. Hear Jess High’s unique voice, with Greg Stott accompanying on guitar.

Happy Hour: 5pm - 6.30pm
Live Music: 6pm - 8.30pm

Date: Friday 25 SeptemberTime: 6pm - 8.30pmLocation: National Press Club of Australia

NFAW Annual Dinner 2020


The 2020 Annual Dinner will be held at the National Press Club on Monday 9 November 2020 at 7pm.  

We are delighted to announce that the Guest Speaker will be Professor Helen Christensen AO, Director and Chief Scientist of Black Dog Institute (BDI).

Helen’s address will outline the mental health challenges in a world with COVID-19.  She will also share work that BDI and others are doing to address these, with particular regard to women.  

Each ticket includes Chef’s Selection Canapes, Main, Dessert and Beverages. 

It will be a wonderful and insightful night with fund-raising for two great causes (BDI and NFAW) so we hope to see many of you there! 





Black Dog Institute is a proudly independent not-for-profit medical research institute affiliated with UNSW Sydney.

The National Foundation for Australian Women is a feminist organisation working for more than 30 years in partnership with other women’s organisations to advance and promote the interests of Australian women, record and make accessible their histories, and ensure their achievements are handed on to future generations.
NFAW is not affiliated to any political party and is independent of government.


Date: Monday 9 NovemberTime: 6:30 PM for 7:00 PMLocation: The National Press Club of Australia

Meet The Chiefs - Chief of Army

Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, ADF and Departmental Chiefs.

Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO assumed command of the Australian Army on 2 July 2018.

He joined the Army in 1982, graduating from the Royal Military College at Duntroon in 1985 to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He has seen service in 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and the Special Air Service Regiment, which he commanded in 2003–04.

Lieutenant General Burr's senior leadership roles have been diverse: he was previously the Deputy Chief of Army and, prior to that, uniquely, served as the Deputy Commanding General to the US Army—Pacific, becoming the first foreign officer to hold the position. In 2011–12, he served as Commander of 1st Division and the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters.

His operational commands include Commander of Special Operations Forces to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2008, a theatre-level multinational command position, and, earlier, Commander of Australian Special Operations Task Groups in both Afghanistan (2002) and Iraq (2003). 

In addition to his command roles, Lieutenant General Burr gained broad experience across Army, Defence and the Australian Government in a range of staff, training and representational appointments.

Committed to the development of our future leaders, he has served as an instructor at the Royal Military College at Duntroon, and Chief Instructor of the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre, responsible for the education and training of ADF officers in planning joint operations.

In key staff roles he was the senior operations and plans officer in Headquarters Special Operations Command in 2001–02, and Military Assistant to the Chief of the Army in 2005. As a colonel he served as Director of Force Structure and then Director General Preparedness and Plans in Army Headquarters. In 2007, he was seconded as a senior adviser to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and was Director General Military Strategic Commitments in 2009–10. In a key representational appointment, he was the Equerry to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the Royal Visit to Australia in 2000.

Lieutenant General Burr is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College and graduate of the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Military Studies from the Marine Corps University, and has completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. His personal awards include being appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, Distinguished Service Cross, Member of the Royal Victorian Order and a number of foreign awards for distinguished service. He is also Patron to the Defence Australian Rules Football.


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Date: Tuesday 17 NovemberTime: Registration starts at 10:30amLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Meet The Chiefs - Chief of Air Force

Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, Service and Departmental Chiefs.

Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, AO, DSC was born in Sydney in 1962. He joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an RAAF Academy Cadet in January 1980, winning the Flying Prize for his year and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983.

Air Marshal Hupfeld's early career was spent in a variety of flying positions on Mirage and F/A-18 aircraft, primarily with No 3 Squadron (3SQN) and No 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU), before qualifying as a Fighter Combat Instructor in 1989. Following a period of service as B Flight Commander, 3SQN, Air Marshal Hupfeld was appointed as the Executive Officer of 2OCU in 1995.

In 1997 Air Marshal Hupfeld was selected to attend the Royal Air Force Advanced Staff Course, graduating with a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from King's College in London, before taking up post as a Deputy Director in the Aerospace Development Branch.

In 2001 Air Marshal Hupfeld took command of No 75 Squadron (75SQN)
and led the Squadron in operations in Middle East on Operations BASTILLE and FALCONER. In 2003 Air Marshal Hupfeld was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross in recognition of his performance as Commanding Officer 75SQN on Operation FALCONER, and his Squadron was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation.

On promotion to Group Captain in January 2004 he was appointed Director Aerospace Combat Development in the Australian Defence Headquarters, before accepting appointment as Officer Commanding No 81 Wing in January 2006. Promoted to Air Commodore on November 2007, he became the Director of the Combined Air Operations Centre in the Middle East Area of Operations, before returning to Australia as the Director-General Air / Director General Air Command Operations in March 2008. In December 2009, he took command of Air Combat Group where he oversaw all of the RAAF's fast-jet combat aircraft to deliver Australia's capability to control the air and conduct precision strike.

Air Marshal Hupfeld was promoted and appointed as the Air Commander Australia on 3 February 2012. In this position he provided specialist air advice on raise, train and sustain issues to the joint environment.

In September 2014 he was appointed Head Capability Systems Division in the Capability Development Group. In 2015 Air Marshal Hupfeld received an appointment as Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments. In August 2015 he was appointed to the role of Acting Chief Capability Development Group. On the disbandment of Capability Development Group, Air Marshal Hupfeld took up the newly created position of Head Force Design in Vice Chief of Defence Force Group on 1 April 2016.

On promotion, Air Marshal Hupfeld was appointed as Chief Joint Operations in May 2018 and subsequently Chief of Air Force in July 2019.

Air Marshal Hupfeld is married to Louise, and his interests include mountain biking, running, fishing, light aircraft, and sailing.

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Date: Thursday 11 FebruaryTime: Registration starts at 10:30amLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Meet The Chiefs - Steve Grzeskowiak

Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, Service and Departmental Chiefs.

Mr Steve Grzeskowiak

Following a Career in Engineering Management in the UK, Steve moved to Australia in 2003 to take up a position within the Department of Defence.

Steve was promoted into the Senior Executive Service in July 2004 as the Director General Occupational Health and Safety for Defence and was responsible for overseeing Defence’s corporate OH & S programs. He moved into Personnel Policy in July 2006 as the Director General Personnel Policy and Employment Conditions. In 2008 Steve became Head People Policy in the new People Strategies and Policy Group, with responsibility for Policy issues across the HR spectrum for Defence APS and ADF.

In 2011 Steve transferred into the Defence Support Chief Operating Officer position and in January 2013 Steve was promoted to Deputy Secretary Estate and Infrastructure. As a consolidated service delivery organisation for Defence, Steve is responsible for a range of enabling services where Defence works, trains and lives across Australia and the development and management of the Defence estate.

Steve is married with two children and lives in Canberra, Australia.

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Date: Thursday 25 FebruaryTime: Registration starts at 10:30amLocation: National Press Club of Australia

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